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  • UW professor's blog post about adapting to climate change infuriates activists

    ...- KVI Seattle
    "The hype and exaggeration about climate change has just been amp'ed up continuously, particularly the last year or two," University of Washington atmospheric science professor, Cliff Mass, tells KVI's John Carlson. Mass addressed this schism on his blog earlier this week writing, "During the recent presidential debate, a number of candidates suggested that global warming represents an existential threat to mankind, and thus requires dramatic and immediate action.
  • Another violent attack in Seattle by an alleged repeat violent offender

    ...- KVI Seattle
    For the third time in just over a month, a violent attack has occurred in Seattle in broad daylight and the arrested suspect has a history of violent crime. The latest attack perpetrated in Ballard by a man allegedly using a pitchfork to rob a woman of her purse. Seattle Police say the attack was stopped by two construction workers who confronted the armed suspect. According to KOMO News, the suspect admitted to police he was high on methamphetamine when he attacked the woman.
  • State income tax boomerang

    ...- KVI's John Carlson
    Washington Republicans stand to benefit if Democrats keep pushing toward a state income or capital gains tax. Legal gymnastics by the State Court of Appeals have kept alive the Democrats pursuit of an income tax despite a state constitution which bans such a tax. Read my column at Crosscut. com about how Republicans can capitalize on this issue with voters. KVI's John Carlson is heard weekdays 6a-9:06a PT on Talk Radio 570 KVI.
  • Father speaks out after child attacked by repeat offender in Seattle

    ...- KVI Staff
    Tourists in Seattle are now going home with stories to tell their family and neighbors like this latest attack involving a repeat offender with 73 convictions in Seattle who is now accused of an unprovoked attack on a 2-year-old child in a stroller. The child's father, Daynard Butler, his wife and three sons had never been to Seattle. Butler is an army veteran and him and his family just spent the last three years in Japan as part of his wife’s deployment. She is active duty military.
  • Warning signs didn't deter alleged burglar shot by Seattle homeowner

    ...- KVI Staff
    A south Seattle woman shot and wounded an alleged burglar. The burglar now hospitalized in critical condition. KOMO News reports that the Seattle Police Department says the woman was within her rights to shoot. The reporter's tweet below shows the numerous warning signs outside the house.
  • Washington drivers licenses used for facial recognition by ICE and FBI

    ...- KVI Staff
    BOSTON (AP) — Civil rights activists complained Monday of the potential for widespread abuse following confirmation that at least three states have scanned millions of driver's license photos on behalf of Immigration and Customs Enforcement without the drivers' knowledge or consent. Public records obtained by the Georgetown Law Center on Privacy and Technology provided the first proof that ICE had sought such scans, which were conducted in Utah, Vermont and Washington.
  • Effort begins to force statewide vote on affirmative action policies

    ...- KVI Staff
    The political battle over affirmative action, racial preferences and quotas enters a new phase in Washington. Organizers of Referendum-88 will begin a signature gathering drive to force a statewide vote on I-1000, which was just approved by the Washington Legislature at the end of the session in April. R-88 has until July 27th to submit 130,000 valid signatures from registered Washington voters. I-1000 reverses a voter approved Initiative-200 from 1998.
  • Seattle city employee selling home, moving family out due to homeless mess

    ...- KVI Seattle
    A Seattle Parks Department employee tells KOMO he's selling his family's home and moving them out of the city because of the homeless mess in their Lake City neighborhood. KVI's Kirby Wilbur interviewed the life-long Seattle resident, Bill Harmon, about the frustration that prompted his decision to flee Seattle. "There's multiple things that are leading us to move but this state of the city," Harmon says, "its nothing I wanna bring a kid up in. Ya know what I mean?
  • Sheriff says he won't abide by new 'sanctuary state' law

    ...- KVI Staff
    Spokane County's top law enforcement official, Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, says he won't follow a new law signed by Gov. Jay Inslee that bans local law enforcement from asking about someone’s immigration status unless it’s part of a criminal investigation. The new law is known as a "sanctuary" protection which prevents local law enforcement from complying with federal detainer requests to hold illegal aliens after (a) criminal warrant(s) has been obtained.
  • Compare and Contrast: Seattle City Councilmembers on guns vs. heroin

    ...- KVI Staff
    After a pair of shootings in South Seattle wounded a woman and two children under the age of 10, two Seattle City Council members spoke out about their desire for tougher gun laws. All three victims between the two shootings are expected to recover. KING 5 reports that Seattle city council woman Teresa Mosqueda said the new shootings "underscores the deep need to move forward" on gun violence prevention programs and restrictions on firearms.
  • 570 KVI introduces 'FREE Gas Fridays', starting on May 24th!

    ...- KVI STAFF
    Gas prices got you down? 570 KVI wants to fill your tank up with FREE GAS! Listen every Friday at 7:05am and 4:05pm for the keyword! Then TEXT* the keyword to 51200 for your chance to win a $500 gas card! Head to our contest page for more information about 570 KVI's Free Gas Fridays! *This is a text to win contest. Must be 18 years or older to play. Standard carrier message and data rates may apply. Upon entry you will receive one confirmation message from an automated system.
  • John Carlson reaction to latest KOMO News special on homeless crime problems

    ...- KVI Staff
    KVI's John Carlson assess the key moments from yesterday's KOMO News panel forum on the city and region's drug addiction, crime and homeless problems. Click the photo above to hear John Carlson play some of the notable comments from the three guest panel and host Eric Johnson. Included in the forum were a Seattle International District business owner, a retired Seattle police officer and the director of the Public Defender Association for Seattle King County.
  • Watch 'Seattle is Dying' Town Hall

    ...- KOMO News Staff
    KOMO News held a town hall to talk about issues raised by our special, "Seattle is Dying. " Watch the full town hall special: Seattle is Dying Town Hall - May 21, 2019. The event, hosted by KOMO's Eric Johnson and Matt Markovich, included a panel of guests including: Scott Lindsay, attorney and public policy adviser. Lisa Daugaard, director of the Public Defender Association. Todd Wiebke, former Seattle Police officer. I-Miun Liu, small business owner. More on "Seattle is Dying" here.
  • WA school district arms staff to deter campus shootings

    ...- KVI Staff
    "We have someone (armed with a hand gun) in every building", says Toppenish School District Superintendent, John Cerna. "In some buildings we have multiple people... and nobody knows who they are except me. " Cerna spoke to KVI's John Carlson about the policy he is over-seeing after the Toppenish School Board approved a plan to allow administrators and staff--but not union teachers--to voluntarily train and be allowed to carry a concealed fire-arm on campus to deter school shootings.
  • Homeless tents return to Seattle sidewalk one day after sweep

    ...- KVI Staff
    One day after being swept off a Seattle sidewalk near Pioneer Square, homeless tents popped up again at the site that was cleared out following one of two drug ring busts just south of the downtown core. KOMO News reporter Jennifer Sullivan writes, tents returned Friday to a homeless encampment that was cleared by Seattle police one day earlier. People who work on the same Second Avenue South block say it’s a never-ending cycle.
  • UW professor's blog post about adapting to climate change infuriates activists

    ...- KVI Seattle
    "The hype and exaggeration about climate change has just been amp'ed up continuously, particularly the last year or two," University of Washington atmospheric science professor, Cliff Mass, tells KVI's John Carlson. Mass addressed this schism on his blog earlier this week writing, "During the recent presidential debate, a number of candidates suggested that global warming represents an existential threat to mankind, and thus requires dramatic and immediate action.
  • Another violent attack in Seattle by an alleged repeat violent offender

    ...- KVI Seattle
    For the third time in just over a month, a violent attack has occurred in Seattle in broad daylight and the arrested suspect has a history of violent crime. The latest attack perpetrated in Ballard by a man allegedly using a pitchfork to rob a woman of her purse. Seattle Police say the attack was stopped by two construction workers who confronted the armed suspect. According to KOMO News, the suspect admitted to police he was high on methamphetamine when he attacked the woman.
  • State income tax boomerang

    ...- KVI's John Carlson
    Washington Republicans stand to benefit if Democrats keep pushing toward a state income or capital gains tax. Legal gymnastics by the State Court of Appeals have kept alive the Democrats pursuit of an income tax despite a state constitution which bans such a tax. Read my column at Crosscut. com about how Republicans can capitalize on this issue with voters. KVI's John Carlson is heard weekdays 6a-9:06a PT on Talk Radio 570 KVI.
  • Father speaks out after child attacked by repeat offender in Seattle

    ...- KVI Staff
    Tourists in Seattle are now going home with stories to tell their family and neighbors like this latest attack involving a repeat offender with 73 convictions in Seattle who is now accused of an unprovoked attack on a 2-year-old child in a stroller. The child's father, Daynard Butler, his wife and three sons had never been to Seattle. Butler is an army veteran and him and his family just spent the last three years in Japan as part of his wife’s deployment. She is active duty military.
  • Warning signs didn't deter alleged burglar shot by Seattle homeowner

    ...- KVI Staff
    A south Seattle woman shot and wounded an alleged burglar. The burglar now hospitalized in critical condition. KOMO News reports that the Seattle Police Department says the woman was within her rights to shoot. The reporter's tweet below shows the numerous warning signs outside the house.
  • Washington drivers licenses used for facial recognition by ICE and FBI

    ...- KVI Staff
    BOSTON (AP) — Civil rights activists complained Monday of the potential for widespread abuse following confirmation that at least three states have scanned millions of driver's license photos on behalf of Immigration and Customs Enforcement without the drivers' knowledge or consent. Public records obtained by the Georgetown Law Center on Privacy and Technology provided the first proof that ICE had sought such scans, which were conducted in Utah, Vermont and Washington.
  • Effort begins to force statewide vote on affirmative action policies

    ...- KVI Staff
    The political battle over affirmative action, racial preferences and quotas enters a new phase in Washington. Organizers of Referendum-88 will begin a signature gathering drive to force a statewide vote on I-1000, which was just approved by the Washington Legislature at the end of the session in April. R-88 has until July 27th to submit 130,000 valid signatures from registered Washington voters. I-1000 reverses a voter approved Initiative-200 from 1998.
  • Seattle city employee selling home, moving family out due to homeless mess

    ...- KVI Seattle
    A Seattle Parks Department employee tells KOMO he's selling his family's home and moving them out of the city because of the homeless mess in their Lake City neighborhood. KVI's Kirby Wilbur interviewed the life-long Seattle resident, Bill Harmon, about the frustration that prompted his decision to flee Seattle. "There's multiple things that are leading us to move but this state of the city," Harmon says, "its nothing I wanna bring a kid up in. Ya know what I mean?
  • Sheriff says he won't abide by new 'sanctuary state' law

    ...- KVI Staff
    Spokane County's top law enforcement official, Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, says he won't follow a new law signed by Gov. Jay Inslee that bans local law enforcement from asking about someone’s immigration status unless it’s part of a criminal investigation. The new law is known as a "sanctuary" protection which prevents local law enforcement from complying with federal detainer requests to hold illegal aliens after (a) criminal warrant(s) has been obtained.
  • Compare and Contrast: Seattle City Councilmembers on guns vs. heroin

    ...- KVI Staff
    After a pair of shootings in South Seattle wounded a woman and two children under the age of 10, two Seattle City Council members spoke out about their desire for tougher gun laws. All three victims between the two shootings are expected to recover. KING 5 reports that Seattle city council woman Teresa Mosqueda said the new shootings "underscores the deep need to move forward" on gun violence prevention programs and restrictions on firearms.
  • 570 KVI introduces 'FREE Gas Fridays', starting on May 24th!

    ...- KVI STAFF
    Gas prices got you down? 570 KVI wants to fill your tank up with FREE GAS! Listen every Friday at 7:05am and 4:05pm for the keyword! Then TEXT* the keyword to 51200 for your chance to win a $500 gas card! Head to our contest page for more information about 570 KVI's Free Gas Fridays! *This is a text to win contest. Must be 18 years or older to play. Standard carrier message and data rates may apply. Upon entry you will receive one confirmation message from an automated system.
  • John Carlson reaction to latest KOMO News special on homeless crime problems

    ...- KVI Staff
    KVI's John Carlson assess the key moments from yesterday's KOMO News panel forum on the city and region's drug addiction, crime and homeless problems. Click the photo above to hear John Carlson play some of the notable comments from the three guest panel and host Eric Johnson. Included in the forum were a Seattle International District business owner, a retired Seattle police officer and the director of the Public Defender Association for Seattle King County.
  • Watch 'Seattle is Dying' Town Hall

    ...- KOMO News Staff
    KOMO News held a town hall to talk about issues raised by our special, "Seattle is Dying. " Watch the full town hall special: Seattle is Dying Town Hall - May 21, 2019. The event, hosted by KOMO's Eric Johnson and Matt Markovich, included a panel of guests including: Scott Lindsay, attorney and public policy adviser. Lisa Daugaard, director of the Public Defender Association. Todd Wiebke, former Seattle Police officer. I-Miun Liu, small business owner. More on "Seattle is Dying" here.
  • WA school district arms staff to deter campus shootings

    ...- KVI Staff
    "We have someone (armed with a hand gun) in every building", says Toppenish School District Superintendent, John Cerna. "In some buildings we have multiple people... and nobody knows who they are except me. " Cerna spoke to KVI's John Carlson about the policy he is over-seeing after the Toppenish School Board approved a plan to allow administrators and staff--but not union teachers--to voluntarily train and be allowed to carry a concealed fire-arm on campus to deter school shootings.
  • Homeless tents return to Seattle sidewalk one day after sweep

    ...- KVI Staff
    One day after being swept off a Seattle sidewalk near Pioneer Square, homeless tents popped up again at the site that was cleared out following one of two drug ring busts just south of the downtown core. KOMO News reporter Jennifer Sullivan writes, tents returned Friday to a homeless encampment that was cleared by Seattle police one day earlier. People who work on the same Second Avenue South block say it’s a never-ending cycle.
  • Eye on KVI with John Carlson: Has Seattle finally had enough?

    ...- John Carlson
    Here's a little free advice for Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan: When you’re addressing a community meeting of neighbors and local business leaders angry and anxious about the crime linked to drug-addled homelessness in their area, don’t recite crime statistics. It doesn’t work, for three reasons. First, you’re essentially asking people to ignore the reality they see around them every day and trust data that may be technically accurate, but, to them, also irrelevant. People trust what they see.
  • "Ghost bills" prompt vexing questions about Washington Legislature

    ...- KVI Staff
    "Its sneaky", says St. Rep. Jim Walsh (R-Aberdeen), "they know its wrong. "He's referring to the use of "ghost bills" in the Washington Legislative session that just concluded on April 28, 2019. The latest legislative session was controlled by Democrats who hold majorities in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Ghost bills, Walsh says, are "sometimes called 'title only' bills.
  • SUV search shifts to Mitsubishi Montero after Parkland girl hit

    ...- KVI Staff
    Authorities now believe it was a black Mitsubishi Montero SUV that injured a 10-year-old girl in a hit-and-run in Parkland, WA, south of Tacoma. Pierce County Sheriff's detective Ed Troyer tells KVI's John Carlson, "we've narrowed it down to what we think is a 2004-2010 Mitsubishi Montero, black in color". Listen to the full interview with Detective Troyer about the search for this vehicle and the 10-year-old girl's condition after being hit and injured by the driver.
  • 570 KVI Special Guest: Christopher F. Rufo and how the Seattle Trash Map was created

    ...- Christopher F. Rufo, 570 KVI Guest
    *Click the picture above to hear the audio from Kirby Wilbur's Afternoon Show with Christopher F. Rufo* Seattle is getting trashed. Over the past few years, the city has become a dumping ground for millions of pounds of garbage, needles, feces, and biohazardous waste emanating from hundreds of homeless encampments throughout the city.
  • PHOTOS: KVI's Carlson Extravaganza celebrates 25 Years of John Carlson!

    ...- KVI Staff
    SEATTLE, Wash. -- After 25 years of talking into a microphone, it was time to celebrate! On Thursday, May 2nd Talk Radio 570 KVI invited family, friends and listeners of John Carlson to join them at KVI's Carlson Extravaganza at the Snoqualmie Casino Ballroom to recognize John Carlson and celebrate the milestone of reaching 25 years with 570 KVI. The evening was full of surprises and short stories from all of our special guests.
  • Seattle judge throws book at repeat criminal, city attorney asks judge to resign

    ...- Philip Vandervort
    Seattle City Attorney, Pete Holmes, is calling for the resignation of municipal judge Ed McKenna after McKenna imposed an exceptional sentence on a repeat criminal offender, Francisco Calderon. Holmes was joined by public defender Anita Khandelwal in demanding the resignation of Judge McKenna. The letter to McKenna can be read here. According to KOMO News, Calderon, 55, has been convicted more than 70 times. He was in court in January for a sentencing hearing where McKenna presided.
  • Three more stories this week at the heart of the local drug and crime problems

    ...- KVI Staff
    Three stories this week all stem from the spider web of problems connected with the drug and crime problems around the Seattle region. The most devastating crime is a truck theft that turned to murder in Kent, WA and the murder suspect now admits he was high on "narcotics". In Bonney Lake WA, a man opened fire with a gun when he was roused after passing out from a meth high. One man nearby was wounded by the gunfire but is expected to survive.
  • PHOTOS: Homeless camp discovered on protected wetland

    ...- KVI Staff
    Tukwila Police Department reported about this homeless/transient camp on their Facebook page:Today, our Community Police Team (CPT) along with Code Enforcement, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) and some local business owners surveyed a problematic transient camp in the 16400 blk of West Valley Hwy just off the Interurban Trail. The camp is not unlike many others scattered throughout cities across the region and state. Except that this one happens to sit on what is protected wetlands.
  • Memorial Fund created for slain Cowlitz County deputy

    ...- KVI Staff
    Donations can be made for the widow and 5-month-old daughter of Cowlitz County deputy, 29-year-old Justin DeRosier, who was murdered in the line of duty on April 13th, 2019 in Kalama, WA. Donations can be made at any US Bank branch.
  • UPDATE:  suspect arrested in fatal Kent car jacking

    ...- KVI Staff
    UPDATE: Kent Police arrest a suspect in the murder of a storage facility manager after his half-ton pick-up truck was carjacked. The carjacking incident unfolded at around 8 p. m. Monday at the East Hill Storage facility at 10625 SE 240th St. , said Detective Melanie Robinson of the Kent police. A suspect made a forced entry into the pickup as it was stopped at the gate of the storage facility.
  • An Evening to Remember: Celebrate John Carlson's 25 Years on 570 KVI!

    ...- KVI Staff
    How would you like to join us for the KVI Carlson Extravaganza? We are celebrating John Carlson's 25 years on KVI, Thursday, May 2nd at theSnoqualmie Casino at 6:00pm in the Snoqualmie Casino Ballroom! Get ready for crazy Carlson stories, surprise guests and a delicious dinner. Plus, Kirby Wilbur, Lars Larson and more will share some great memories of John! Purchase your tickets HERE! *Tickets are limited and you must be 21 years or older to attend! * Tickets are $85.
  • Homeless squatter booby-traps camp on Snohomish farm

    ...- KVI Staff
    "I was just completely flabbergasted that on my property I have a dangerous situation. And if my son hadn't seen that first trip wire he could have been injured, seriously hurt by these booby-traps and wires and everything else," Snohomish farm owner, Michelle Bartleheimer, tells KVI. She tells host John Carlson that her 17-year-old son discovered the dangerous trip wires crossing the paths to the squatter's camp at ankle height and neck height.
  • Seattle's (forced) love affair with bicycles

    ...- John Carlson, 570 KVI Staff
    Seattle advertises itself as one of America’s premier pro-bike destinations. And on paper it ought to be. Lots and lots of young people. Lots of environmentally aware residents. Plenty of folks looking for low cost alternatives to buying and maintaining a car. And have you looked at what it costs to park? So enthusiastic is city government about bicycles that it once owned a bike-share company (an expensive lesson). A former mayor was nicknamed “McSchwinn”.
  • Family fund created for slain WA deputy

    ...-
    Kittitas County Sheriff's deputy, 42-year-old Ryan Thompson, was shot and killed in the line of duty after a suspect fled in a high speed car chase. Kittitas (city) Police officer, 22-year-old Benito Chavez was wounded in the same shoot out with the suspect who was killed in the return fire. Law enforcement supporters can make donations at any U. S. Bank to any one (or all) of the following accounts to benefit the Thompson and Chavez families. 1. ) Thompson Memorial Fund2.
  • Seattle has its own kind of March 'madness'

    ...- KVI Seattle
    KVI's morning show host, John Carlson, and afternoon show host, Kirby Wilbur have spent considerable portions of their shows so far this week discussing and sharing the vexing and all too familiar stories about Seattle drug addiction and homeless-related crime problems presented in the KOMO News special "Seattle Is Dying". The following news stories show that the problems in Seattle connected to drug vagrant and homeless problems are creating a pathetic kind of March madness in the city.
  • WA U.S. Senator blocks "born alive" bill after VA controversy

    ...- KVI Staff
    Washington senior Senator Patty Murray blocked unanimous consent on a "born alive" bill aimed at addressing the recent controversy in Virginia regarding abortion up until the time of birth, according to various reports. Murray was Democratic Senator who spoke on the Senate Floor objecting to the legislation proposed by Senator Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska). According to TheHill. com, Murray delivered the following comments in a floor speech, "We have laws against infanticide in this country.
  • Howard Schultz versus the new Democratic Party

    ...- KVI show host John Carlson (6a-9a)
    Howard Schultz's hints about an independent 2020 Presidential run prompted me to sum up my thoughts in this new column for Crosscut. com.
  • Dumb criminal nearly nabbed pawning $11,000 stolen ring

    ...- KVI Staff
    A snatch-and-grab jewelry store thief nearly got nailed in Portland, OR when he apparently tried to sell back the stolen treasure at another store in the chain where he committed the original crime, according to KATU News.
  • Death penalty reinstatement proposed to protect WA prison guards

    ...- KVI Staff
    Incarcerated prison inmates could be subjected to execution for aggravated murder committed behind bars in Washington if the State Legislature and governor approve a new bill by a Republican State Senator representing the Monroe area. SB 5364 bill is sponsored by State Senator, Keith Wagoner (R-Sedro Wooley), in what he says is an effort to protect prison correctional officers like Jayme Biendl, who was murdered by Monroe Corrections Center inmate Byron Scherf on January 29, 2011.
  • Another truck crash in Tacoma work zone cripples commute

    ...- KVI Staff
    For the second time in one week an overnight tractor trailer crash in the construction zone of I-5 near the Highway 16 interchange grinds traffic to a halt. Just after 3:30 a. m. Wednesday, a semi struck the barrier on southbound I-5 at S. M. St. , blocking all lanes of traffic in both directions in a closure that lasted for several hours. Crews reopened the freeway around 7:10 a. m. Six crashes have occurred in this general area since late September, according to Washington State Patrol.
  • Trucks repeatedly crashing in Tacoma's I-5 construction zone

    ...- KVI Staff
    Five tractor-trailer crashes in five months along the same stretch of I-5 near the Highway 16 interchange in Tacoma. According to KOMO News, transportation officials say driver error is to blame. All the crashes are clogging traffic on an already packed part of I-5 which has been undergoing various phases of construction for years between the Puyallup River Bridge on the northeast edge of town and the Highway 16 junction.
  • Heroin related drug cases show no sign of abating in Seattle

    ...- KVI Staff
    Two new drug stories within 24 hours in Seattle indicate there is no slowdown in the area when it comes to local crime and health problems. Court papers say a Renton man who was captured after a high-speed car chase that finally ended near Seattle's Northgate Mall on I-5 had nearly half-a-pound (7 oz) of heroin and meth on him after he car-jacked a taxi in Lynnwood and fled the scene.
  • Seattle's two tier-system for law breakers

    ...- KVI Staff
    Drivers blocking intersections and bus-only lanes could soon be ticketed with the help of more surveillance cameras. Click the above image to listen to KOMO News coverage of the story. Seattle mayor, Jenny Durkan, and the city council want to use the traffic surveillance cameras to issue tickets to drivers who "block the box" and prevent cross-traffic from moving when the light turns green.
  • WA Congressman shares what it'll take for Trump to change his mind on wall

    ...- KVI Staff
    On the 19th day of the partial US government shutdown due to a Congressional and Presidential stalemate on border security, KVI host John Carlson interviews Washington Congressman, Adam Smith (D-Bellevue), who has been a vocal critic of Trump's border wall request but seemed to open the door to changing his mind. "I disagree with, right now, the idea that it make sense to build more of a wall," said Smith, who now chairs the House Armed Services Committee, which deals with military oversight.
  • Puget Sound School Closures and Delays for Mon. Jan. 7th

    ...- KVI Staff
    Schools closed today in Carbonado, Kent, Puyallup, Sumner-Bonnie Lake, Tahoma. All of those districtsare closed today due to power outtages. In Federal Way the following schools are closed due to power outtages:Lakeland elementary, Rainier View elementary, and Sequoyah Middle School are all shutdown today. But otherFederal Way schools that do have power are on normal schedule. For the full list of closures and delays, click here.
  • Commentary: Seattle, King Co. credibility on homelessness sinks to a new low.

    ...- Producer, Phil Vandervort
    If you thought Seattle and King County's response to homelessness couldn't get much worse, well, County Executive Dow Constantine just did the political version of "Hold my beer". Executive Constantine and Seattle's mayor, Jenny Durkan, held a press conference yesterday to announce a partnership with the business community to be more accountable to fixing (or stopping) homelessness. KOMO News covered this press conference and the story with video of Executive Constantine is linked here.
  • Why there was no tornado warning before twister hit Pt. Orchard

    ...- KVI Staff
    KOMO meteorologist Shannon O'Donnell explains why there was no warning or prediction about a tornado threat when it swept through Port Orchard, WA on December 18th, 2018.
  • Homeless solidarity group called "terrorist" after threats in Olympia

    ...- KVI Staff
    A pivotal and intense legal battle over homelessness is reaching a crescendo in Olympia, Washington this week. It comes down to Olympia business owners and a group of homeless activists. KVI's John Carlson interviewed an Olympia commercial real estate broker, Amy Evans, who describes the activist group as a "terrorist organization" for their tactics against the business owners.
  • "And Another Thing..." podcast on heroin injection site ruling Dec6, 2018

    ...- KVI Staff
    Special guest, KVI's Kirby Wilbur, joins John Carlson to discuss this morning's breaking news from the Washington Supreme Court which just ruled unanimously that no public vote can be held on King County's planned pilot project for supervised heroin injection sites. Kirby and John go through the background of the ruling, why a heroin injection site in Vancouver BC that the King Co.
  • "And Another Thing...Sumner homeless man speaks" podcast Dec 5, 2018

    ...- KVI Staff
    KVI's John Carlson interviews an on-again, off-again homeless man from Sumner WA who turned in a bag of money he found in the parking lot of the Sumner Food Bank. Kevin Booth made the fateful decision and explained the story to KVI. After food bank staffed checked the bag, they found it contained $17,000 in cash. It was turned over to Sumner Police and three months later, nobody stepped forward to claim the money.
  • Food bank keeps $17,000 after Sumner homeless man found bag of cash

    ...- KVI Staff
    A homeless man discovered a bag of cash near the Sumner Food Bank and turned it over to the food bank managers. The bag contained $17,000 in cash and after 90 days, no one has stepped forward, according to The (Tacoma) News Tribune, to claim the money. The cash windfall will now go to the food bank and be used to expand their operations. 32 year old Kevin Booth turned over the bag of money when he found it outside the food bank three months ago.
  • Commentary:  AP climate change story moves the goal posts

    ...- Producer Phil Vandervort
    The following views are not necessarily those of KVI ownership or management. They are the sole communication of news producer, Phil Vandervort: How are we supposed to have a coherent public debate about climate change when we get reporting like the following Associated Press article? I am merely a news consumer who tries to pay attention to the political rather than scientific calculations of the on-going climate change debate. I have no scientific expertise whatsoever.
  • "By grace of God" WA couple uninjured as tree smashes car

    ...- KVI Staff
    A 100-foot fir tree obliterated the front of Joseph and Deborah Bernard's Buick as they were driving north on Highway 101 approaching Quilcene, WA, but the couple escaped injury despite the tree's impact on the windshield and roof. KOMO News reports that the Bellingham, WA couple were returning home after visiting family for the Thanksgiving weekend. But just before 10 a. m.
  • No Child Sleeps Outside fundraiser begins for Seattle shelters

    ...- KVI staff
    From Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve day, the No Child Sleeps Outside campaign in King County is requesting donations to support homeless shelters for children and their parents. Fundraiser organizer and Starbucks senior vice-president John Kelly tells KVI, "This is the most solvable part of a very complex problem. "The fundraising goal is $2,000,000.
  • Seattle candidate says "The hate started to come our way" from political left

    ...- KVI Staff
    An aspiring political career in Seattle is on hold after city council candidate, Chris Rufo, says his wife and children were targeted with threats by political opponents. Rufo filed to run for city council against incumbent, Mike O'Brien, who represents northwest Seattle. Rufo tells KVI's John Carlson, "After the campaign started to build momentum... we got some positive media coverage, the hate started to come our way. "
  • NRA sues Washington over constitutionality of I-1639

    ...- KVI Staff
    Two gun rights groups, The National Rifle Association and The Second Amendment Foundation, are both suing Washington over the recent passage of I-1639 which state voters approved in the November 6, 2018 general election. I-1639 involves a variety of gun control measures sponsored by a group called Alliance for Gun Responsibility. Liberty Park Press columnist and North Bend, WA resident Dave Workman, tells KVI, "what this lawsuit focuses on is actually kind of clever.
  • Christmas care packages for troops stolen from WA VFW

    ...- KVI Staff
    Christmas care packages intended for local US troops serving over-seas this holiday season were stolen from a Lynden, WA Veterans of Foreign Wars hall this week, but the post commander vows to make sure new care packages get to those troops. KOMO News and the Bellingham Herald, both reported on this story. If you can help donate to the Lynden 9301 VFW, please consider a contribution. For a mailing address or to contact VFW 9301 click here.
  • Find election drop box closest to you

    ...- KVI Staff
    Tuesday November 6, 2018 is general election day in Washington. Mail in ballots can be submitted to a US Post Office with no postage required but must be postmarked by the end of the day. A blue mail box may not be collected after 3p or 5p in the afternoon, so don't depend on a drop off at a mail box to be postmarked in time to be valid and count toward the 2018 election.
  • KVI's Carlson: I-1631 like approving a bridge to nowhere

    ...- KVI Staff
    KVI's John Carlson writes that the carbon fuel taxes which would increase if I-1631 is approved on the November 6, 2018 general election ballot in Washington will provide little environmental benefit but sizeable political benefit for future Washington governors. In his latest column for Crosscut. com, Carlson elucidates: Well, the professed goal (of I-1631) is winning the war against global warming. During his state of the state address last January, Gov.
  • WA one of worst states for gender pay gap

    ...- KOMO News
    A new study from the American Association of University Women finds Washington State ranks among the worst in the nation for the gender pay gap. Women in Washington make 78-cents on the dollar compared to men... that ranks the Evergreen State 35th in the nation. While the gap hasn't grown in recent years, progress has slowed down. California and Washington, D. C. are tied at the top of the list, where the pay gap is 89-cents on the dollar.
  • WA Supreme Court Justices could cash in on 18% pay raises

    ...- KVI Staff
    Salaries for Washington's statewide elected officials like State Supreme Court Justices as well as others could soon go updouble digits based on a proposal from TheWashington Citizens' Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials. Gov. Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson would also receive significant pay raises approaching double digits. Salaries for the statewide elected officials in Washington can be found here.
  • John Carlson 2018 Ballot Initiative Endorsements

    ...- KVI host, John Carlson
    Big doings this November. At stake are three competitive seats in Congress (just one, the 8th district in east King County, is in Puget Sound country), control of the Washington State House and Senate in Olympia, and four statewide ballot measures. In more than 40 years of voting, I have never voted a straight party ticket. Not even when I was the Republican nominee for Governor 18 years ago.
  • Tacoma I-5 gridlock at Puyallup River Bridge nearly over

    ...- KVI Staff
    The joke around the KVI studios is that State Dept. of Transportation is trying to make Tacoma traffic as bad as Seattle's given the variety of construction projects along I-5 around the Tacoma Dome and the Puyallup River Bridge. But State DOT officials say the final phases of construction are about to begin which should bring an end to the crippling traffic delays due to the realignment of the Puyallup River Bridge between Tacoma and Fife. Here's the update from KOMO News.
  • Congressional debate: Dino Rossi vs. Dr. Kim Schrier

    ...- KVI Staff
    Republican Dino Rossi and Democrat Kim Schrier met in Ellensburg, WA in their first and only debate before voters weigh in on the closely fought 8th District Congressional race. You can listen to the entire one hour debate which was held at the campus of Central Washington University by clicking the graphic above. Rossi is running against political newcomer Schrier for the Eastside seat being vacated by retiring Republican Dave Reichert.
  • Calculate your King County property taxes before you vote

    ...- KVI Staff
    There's an old adage that "knowing is half the battle. "King County Assessor John Wilson has unveiled a new web page allowing King County voters and property owners to see how any proposed property tax increase will impact their rent or mortgage. https://www. kingcounty. gov/depts/assessor. aspx.
  • Death penalty struck down completely over moral, financial aspects

    ...- KVI Staff
    Eight death row inmates in Washington will have their executions struck down in a ruling by the Supreme Court of Washington that the death penalty is un-constitutional. For more on the ruling, click here. Pierce County Prosecutor, Mark Lindquist, joined KVI to discuss the Supreme Court's decision, saying the unanimous ruling by the nine justices focused on two main concerns: a moral objection regarding racial disproportionality and a financial disproportionality.
  • "What are we doing here? Why are we punishing American companies?"

    ...- KVI Staff
    Washington ballot initiative I-1631 asks voters to pay a higher tax on carbon fuel in an effort to emit less green house gases. The issue will be decided by Washington voters on the November 6, 2018 general election ballot. KVI show host, John Carlson interviewed Ironworkers union Local 86 district council president, Steve Pendergrass about the labor union's opposition to I-1631. "Do we (Local 86) believe there's global warming? Yes we (Local 86) do. Do we (Local 86) need to address it?
  • Convicted rapist and murderer overturns WA death penalty

    ...- KVI Staff
    In a unanimous ruling the Washington Supreme Court today abolished the death penalty saying that the death penalty, as applied, violates the state Constitution. The ruling held that the eight people currently on death row have their sentences converted to life in prison. Five justices said the "death penalty is invalid because it is imposed in an arbitrary and racially biased manner. "
  • PHOTOS: KVI Listener Appreciation Party with our daytime Radio Hosts

    ...- KVI Staff
    SEATTLE, Wash. -- On Tuesday, October 9th, 570 KVI hosted our loyal listeners for a very special KVI Listener Appreciation Party at KOMO Plaza. All of our daytime show hosts were in attendance for the evening, which included a Q & A session. John Carlson, Kirby Wilbur, Lars Larson, Jamie van Camp and David Markley joined host Phil Vandervort on stage to discuss the upcoming midterm elections to their favorite restaurant and guilty pleasures.
  • "F" grade for WA governor on fiscal restraint in new survey

    ...- KVI Staff
    Washington, D. C. – Washington Governor Jay Inslee received an "F" grade and was rated the worst governor in the U. S. for fiscal restraint in a new survey released today by the Cato Institute. The biennial Fiscal Policy Report Card on America's Governors, produced by Chris Edwards, director of tax policy studies and editor of www. DownsizingGovernment. org, uses statistical data to grade governors on their taxing and spending records from a limited-government perspective. Edwards says Gov.
  • U.S. Senate debate between Cantwell and Hutchison starts at 12:30p today

    ...- KVI Staff
    KVI sister-station, KOMO TV, will be live streaming the U. S. Senate debate today at 12:30p between Democratic incumbent Maria Cantwell and Republican challenger Susan Hutchison. It will be one of two debates between the two candidates. Use this link to reach the on-line video feed of the debate when it starts at 12:30. The debate takes place at the campus of Pacific Lutheran University in Parkland, WA.
  • Black Hawk chopper, classic cars among highlights of Spanaway WA event for families

    ...- KVI Staff
    Fans of superhero comic books, classic cars and military hardware will converge at Bethel High School tomorrow Saturday October 6th in Spanaway WA for All Bethel Community Day. The event is free--perfect for kids and families--and open to the public at the school campus. Among the scheduled highlights tomorrow:8:30 a. m. – UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter scheduled to land9 - 11 a. m. – Seahawks mascot Blitz10 a. m. – Superhero parade starting in the cafeteria10:30 a. m.
  • Up front costs to buy home in Seattle are double the national average

    ...- KVI Staff
    Seattle--especially the politicians--routinely complain about the expensive housing costs here. Now a new report shows that the upfront costs for buying a house are double the national average. According to the stats from the real estate website Zillow and the contractor referral site Thumbtack. com, the down payment, coupled with cleaning costs appraisal, transfer taxes, homeowners insurance, title insurance, origination fee (among others) total $80,091 in Seattle compared to the U. S.
  • Gov. Inslee's ironic tweet about polygraphs

    ...- KVI Staff
    Comments by Pres. Trump about supporting a clean environment have touched a nerve with Gov. Jay Inslee. Trump, in Las Vegas last Friday night for a candidate rally, told the crowd that he wants "crystal clean air" and "crystal clean water". Trump's comment, summarized in the embeded tweet below by a White House news correspondent attending Trump's speech prompted Gov. Inslee to take a political swipe at Trump. Gov.
  • KVI giving away $500 Safeway gas cards twice each weekday

    ...- KVI Seattle
    KVI listeners have a chance to win a $500 Safeway gas card starting at 6:59 each weekday morning on The John Carlson Show and a second chance to win a $500 Safeway gas card will be announced at 7:05 each weekday morning. The contest, titled Free Gas & Free Cash, also enters participants into a $5000 cash grand prize drawing on October 22nd, 2018. Here's how the contest works: At 6:59 each weekday morning a contest keyword will be announced.
  • Tacoma schools announce deal to end teachers' strike

    ...- KVI Staff
    Tacoma School District teachers vote today at 11am PDT on a new labor deal that will end an eight day strike and it would send students back to school for Monday September 17th, 2018. No details of the tentative deal have been revealed so far but a joint statement by the district and the teacher union said the deal will allow the district to recruit and retain strong teachers. However, it states without changes in state funding Tacoma Schools will "face painful cuts.
  • The public relations battle over bitter Tacoma teachers strike

    ...- KVI Staff
    Now entering its second week, the Tacoma school teachers strike continues with no clear sign that it will be solved before early next week. And that's being optimistic. In an interview with Tacoma School District spokesman, Dan Voelpel, KVI's John Carlson said bluntly, "It seems to me you guys are losing the P. R. (public relations) battle. And one of the reasons why is that I don't think the general public has a clear understanding of the compensation of Tacoma teachers. "
  • Some quick and cheap ideas to improve Seattle's horrible I-5 traffic

    ...- KVI Staff
    Another new report details how bad Seattle drivers are. And that's one part of the problem with the 9th worst traffic in the nation (for 2018) when the city itself is only the 22nd biggest city in the country. But along with bad drivers, Seattle is plagued by a history of imbecilic freeway engineers. Their biggest sin for the I-5 corridor through Seattle is a series of on and off-ramps that are on completely opposite sides of the freeway.
  • "And Another Thing..." podcast Sept6, 2018

    ...- KVI Staff
    Six teachers unions are currently striking in Washington, the financially disconnected claim some unions are making about the money other districts received, look at the Tacoma district, stats show that Issaquah school district got $2000 less per student than some districts, there's one factor beyond money that is a bigger influence on educational achievement.
  • Opinion: The cruel and unusual irony of homelessness

    ...- Producer Phil Vandervort
    The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals just ruled that its unconstitutional for police to arrest homeless people sleeping on sidewalks or public areas like parks under aBoise, Idaho city ordinance.According to the Associated Press,the biggest issue was th
  • "And Another Thing..." podcast Sept5, 2018

    ...- KVI Staff
    I-1000 has been introduced to WA Legislature, it's called One Washington and it would eliminate I-200 which halted racial preferences, race-based criteria for college admissions, the difference between civil rights groups today versus civil rights groups
  • 12th mutilated cat discovered near Lacey, reward jumps to $36,000

    ...- KVI Seattle
    KVI's John Carlson examines the continuing concern about unsolved cat mutilations between Tumwater WA and Lacey WA, including cases in Olympia WA.Twelve dismembered cats have now been discovered since February 2018. Authorities say they have no substantial
  • Expect a return of smoky skies soon for Puget Sound

    ...- KVI Staff
    After finally reaching some clear skies and a weather pattern to sweep out the smoke covering Western Washington, KOMO meterologist Scott Sistek reports that the smoky skies will likely return for the final days of August.There are not very many scenarios
  • UPDATE: suspected kidnapping in Olympia turns out to be a hoax

    ...- KVI Seattle
    A bizarre kidnapping involving suspects in jumpsuits and hoods in Olympia has turned out to be a hoax.The prank was originally considered a crime after a red Ford pick-up truck seen in surveillance footage was fleeing Olympia's Heritage Park.Below is a W
  • "And Another Thing" podcast Aug22, 2018

    ...- KVI Staff
    KVI's John Carlson digs into the power of the teacher's unions, teachers in Aberdeen WA are asking for a 35% pay raise now that districts are receiving McCleary ruling money from the state, why the public is prevented from knowing about how taxpayer salari
  • Teen girl fights off attempted kidnapper in Kent; suspect sketch released

    ...- KVI Staff
    KENT, Wash. - King County Sheriff's detectives are asking for help to identify a man accused of trying to sexually assault and kidnap a 16-year-old girl in Kent last week.Investigators said the teen was out walking/jogging around 11:45 p.m. on August 13 ne
  • New school discipline guidelines aim to keep WA kids from falling behind

    ...- KVI Staff
    New rules for student discipline are arriving at Washington public school campuses when students return to class in September. The new discipline criteria have been crafted over the last few years but go into effect now.KVI's John Carlson interviewed Supe
  • "And Another Thing..." podcast Aug15, 2018

    ...- KVI Staff
    Washington schools will no longer be able to suspend or discipline mis-behaving students, the new policy to start the school year in September begs a variety of questions about parental responsibility, sub-conscious bias/racism, and what happens when chron
  • Former co-worker witnesses stolen plane flight, then discovers he knew the pilot

    ...- KVI Staff
    From his yard in Eatonville WA, KVI listener Nick heard the unmistakable sound of the Horizon Air turbo-prop airplane flying 300 feet off the ground.I am in awe. Just shocked, Nick told KVI's John Carlson on this morning's show. The Bombardier Q400 was
  • Kent Police Chief opens up about officer's death, car chase that caused it

    ...- KVI Staff
    KVI's John Carlson interviews Kent Police Chief, Rafael Padilla, about the memorial for officer Diego Moreno who was killed July 22 as he was laying out spike strips to stop a suspect vehicle and driver fleeing police. Padilla talks about the remarkable s
  • "And Another Thing..." John Carlson podcast July 16, 2018

    ...- KVI Staff
    A Seattle elementary school part time instructor for special education students is charged with sexually assaulting a student, the man somehow managed to keep his teaching job despite atrocious annual employee reviews and repeated occasions of alcohol cons
  • "And Another Thing..." John Carlson Podcast July 11, 2018

    ...- KVI Staff
    WA Lt. Gov. tweets some blatant and unsubstantiated stereotypes (including calling them White nationalists) of Republicans, so here's the challenge for the Lt. Gov.,a notable Washington Republican calls out the blatant hyperbole in the anti-Trump tweet,
  • Trump travel ban prevails in U.S. Supreme Court

    ...- KVI Staff
    The travel ban sought by Pres. Donald Trump on seven Middle Eastern and African nations has prevailed in the U.S. Supreme Court with a 5-4 ruling.Washington Attorney General, Bob Ferguson, had joined the lawsuit to block the travel ban which was brought b
  • US Supreme Court sends case of WA florist back to Olympia

    ...- KVI Staff
    The United States Supreme Court ordered the case of a Washington florist, Baronelle Stutzman, back to the Supreme Court of Washington, declining to hear the appeal but remanding it for new review in light of the High Court's recent decision involving a Col
  • Gig Harbor Wings and Wheels roars to life June 30-July 1st

    ...- KVI Staff
    The 8th Annual Gig Harbor Wings and Wheels Show features military aircraft, stunt pilots, a car show, children's activities, food and drink at the Gig Harbor Airport on the weekend of June 30th-July 1st. KVI's John Carlson interviews event spokesman, Doug
  • Commentary: Seattle fiddling while Rome burns

    ...- producer Phil Vandervort phil@kvi.com
    A Seattle homeless man attacks a tourist near the Space Needle. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan brushes it off saying its an anomaly. Of course she's not concerned for the safety of ordinary people on the streets of Seattle, she's protected by a Seattle Police
  • 0.0013% of Amazon workers signed petition to keep Seattle 'head tax'

    ...- KVI Staff
    While the No Tax On Jobs campaign claimed they were gathering upwards of 40,000 signatures to repeal Seattle's $47 million a year employee head tax which was ultimately repealed in a 7-2 vote by the same Seattle City Council that enacted it in May 2018 wit
  • Seattle council repeals 'head tax' on city's big businesses

    ...- Associated Press & KOMO Staff
    SEATTLE Seattle leaders on Tuesday repealed a tax on large companies such as Amazon and Starbucks after a backlash from businesses, a stark reversal from a month ago when the City Council unanimously approved the effort to combat a growing homelessness cr
  • Found alive: missing teen runaway found in Puyallup

    ...- KVI Staff
    Spotted at a bus stop in Puyallup, WA 15-year-old Lilieana (Lily) Christopherson was found alive after being reported missing 25 days prior on May 9th. Puyallup and Bonney Lake Police have said that due to privacy concerns for the underage victim of suspec
  • KVI's Kirby Wilbur shifts into afternoon drive 3p-6p on June 4th

    ...- KVI Staff
    For frustrated afternoon commuters around Puget Sound there's finally some relief for your drive--albeit on your radio dial--not on the pavement. KVI's Kirby Wilbur brings his show to the afternoon drive 3p-6p starting Monday June 4, 2018.After taking Por
  • Eating pizza and pasta to oppose Seattle's employee head tax

    ...- KVI Staff
    Talk about a win-win situation! KVI's John Carlson does his part to oppose the Seattle employee head tax and eats some delicious food at the same time.Listen to John's description of the crowds that are jamming Peel & Press restaurant in West Seattle to s
  • Two Washington Congresswomen ignore local political bullying amid new campaign

    ...- KVI Staff
    Washington Congresswomen Pramila Jayapal (D-Seattle) and Suzan Del Bene(D-Kirkland) are touting a new anti-bullying campaign called DCBullyBusters which is attempting to discourage bullying in the upcoming election cycle which culminates with the November
  • Seattle's Magnolia Bridge embodies city's spending problems

    ...- KVI Staff
    The 90-year-old bridge connecting Seattle's Magnolia neighborhood to the rest of the city may be too expensive to fully replace, according to Seattle's Department of Transportation.The alert, delivered to frustrated and angry Magnolia residents at a town
  • Seattle City Councilwomen confronted in SODO over proposed employee head tax

    ...- KVI Staff
    Frustrated Seattle residents shared their concerns with two Seattle City Councilmembers about the homeless crisis and a proposed $75 million employee head tax on the biggest companies in town after a week of vivid confrontations around the city.The audio
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